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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

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Jun
20
comment What are the odds that I stand a chance against Wild Boars?
It might work with a adult or two, but acting aggressive to a sow with babies is a really really bad idea.
Jun
20
answered What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
Jun
18
comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
I guess it depends on how bothered you are about seeing bears and other critters coming, as apposed to being unaware of them when you're in a tent. Mosquito issues sound like a much bigger deal.
Jun
14
answered Where to keep valuables when separated from them
Jun
12
comment Identifying named peaks from the summit of a north-american peak
I don't know of any peak-finder, especially one you can take into the backcountry with you. However, I don't see why using a topo map needs to be "painstaking". I have used them often for this purpose and never considered it particularly difficult or burdensome.
Jun
12
comment How to deal with little flies flying into the eyes?
Yes, I mean clear transparent goggles. I have some I use for winter hiking in some conditions and they are clear. I think they were marketed as ski goggles.
Jun
11
comment How to deal with little flies flying into the eyes?
I haven't tried this personally, but how about goggles you would use in winter during snowstorms or for skiing? The vent holes on those are usually covered with a thin breathable foam so that snow powder doesn't get in. That should keep these flies out just as well.
Jun
10
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May
27
comment What's the mountain on North Face's ad?
Show us the picture you are asking about, else this is a non-question.
May
23
comment Memorial Day Backpacking in the Northwest
The Olympic Peninsula is always cold and soggy.
May
4
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
I looked around a bit but couldn't find a definative source. Back in the early 1980s everyone pretty much used backcountry water in the WMNF without thinking much about it. By the late '80s that was not done anymore. Giardia had been found in several fairly deep backcountry sources, so one had to assume it could be in any water, even if it actually wasn't in most. The one I remember specifically was a spring on Signal Ridge, on the south shoulder of Mt Carrigain, but there were others. Since giardia can pop up quickly, it's smart to assume any water could be infested.
May
1
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
Perhaps what you say is true for the Sierras, but is certainly NOT true of other areas. Various places in the White Mountain National Forest of NH were tested, and enough giardia found that there is a overall recommendation not to drink the water directly. If giardia is the only issue, then even filters work since these buggers are rather large. I am surprised you were the only one to mention germicidal UV. It seems like a really good idea to me. 90 seconds for a liter and you're ready to drink. By the way, I wrote the firmware for the latest SteriPen, the Ultra.
Apr
8
comment What's the problem with electrolyte imbalance and how do I mitigate it?
Intersting comment about Gatorade not containing enough electrolytes relative to the water. I was told exactly the opposite in a SOLO course. The instructor said the Gatorade acknowledges this in scientific circles, but for reason of taste and marketing make their drinks stronger than necessary. The instructor went on to recommend 1/2 strength by adding water. I use about 1/2 to 2/3 strength routinely, including hiking most of the day in the desert in summer, and it seems to work fine for me.
Apr
7
answered What's the problem with electrolyte imbalance and how do I mitigate it?
Apr
6
revised Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
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Apr
6
comment Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
Whoever downvoted this, it would be useful to explain what you think is wrong, incorrect, confusing, misleading, etc.
Apr
6
comment Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
@Masked: Cold weather is different. I hike around New England in the winter, and the issues are different. In the winter you can get dehydrated and not realize it. When it's hot you get thirsty. You do lose a lot of water when its cold, but much of that is in your breath so is pretty pure. You should always at least think about electrolytes, but that is much less of a problem in the cold.
Apr
6
comment Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
@gerrit: My electrolyte incident was in the middle of the summer on the west side of the Tonto basin. That place gets pretty hot, and that was a hot day as I remember it. 115F is my best guess. The hottest I've encountered so far in AZ has been 121F according to the rental car. That was in the Kofa refuge. I was hiking then with my usual (by that time) diluted gatorade and felt fine.
Apr
2
answered Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular
Mar
30
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